Choosing the Right Schools for Your Children.
By Jamie Kimbrough
Broker Associate, CDPE, CRS, GRI, AHS:
For many families, a move to a new state or community means making difficult choices. Choosing from among the wide array of options of appropriate day care for younger children or schools for the older ones can be a complex and time-consuming chore. Parents need to examine their own basic values, their child-rearing and educational philosophies, and each child's needs when making decisions that will affect their child's future.
For many parents, choosing the best schools for their children determines other life choices. Newcomers usually investigate the public school systems thoroughly before selecting an area in which to settle. Each school district determines its own curriculum, requirements, and special programs. However, individual schools within a district can differ because of variations in student bodies, individual principals and teachers, and parental involvement. Neighborhoods with higher income levels and percentage of parents with college educations have schools with better test scores and a larger percentage of students going on to college. Real Estate Agents and web sites are a good source of information in this area.
In comparing school districts and individual schools within each district, the following general questions should be asked:
- Is the physical location of the school adequate and secure;
- What is the school's teacher/student ratio;
- What teaching methods (traditional, open classroom, team-teaching, etc.) are used;
- Observe classes if possible;
- What arts programs are offered;
- What are the special education facilities and programs in each school/jurisdiction;
- Is homework given and, if so, how much each night;
- Is there an adequate sports program;
- What extracurricular clubs and interest groups exist;
Jamie can be reached by calling 303-688-2202
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